Case of Savelyev in Novosibirsk

Yuriy Savelyev

Yuriy Prokopyevich Savelyev
Current status:
Detained since:
8 November 2018
Current restrictions:
Pre-trial detention
Currently held in:
Detention Centre-1 for the Novosibirsk Region
Address for correspondence:
Yuriy Prokopyevich Savelyev, born 1954, FKU SIZO-1, GUFSIN of Russia, Novosibirsk Region, ul. Karavayeva 1, g. Novosibirsk, 630010

Letters of support can be sent via hard copy or via the «FSIN-letter».

(Note: discussing topics related to criminal prosecution is not allowed in letters; languages other than Russian will not pass.)


On November 8, 2018, 64-year-old Yuriy Savelyev was arrested and put in pretrial detention during mass raids on believers. What is known about him?

Yuriy was born in 1954 in the village of Krokhalyovka (Novosibirsk oblast). His mother died when he was a month old, leaving his elder sister to play an important part in his upbringing. After graduation from school, he became a plumber and worked at a metallurgic factory. He used to train himself by cold water dousing.

Yuriy has two adult children from his first marriage. His second wife died suddenly after just two days of illness, and this greatly affected Yuriy. Realizing the fallacy of seeking solace in alcohol, he became interested in religion and found that the Bible provided logical answers to his questions. After a period of spiritual quest, in 1996 he decided to devote his life to serving the Creator.

Although Yuriy’s relatives, including his children, reject his religious views, they are all perplexed and outraged over his criminal prosecution. “He’s a good man and hasn’t done anything wrong and should not be in prison,” they say. His children are also sure of his innocence.

Updated 17 January 2020